Capiz, Philippines is a nice getaway from the hustle and bustle of the fast-paced city life. It has a rich blend of history and natural beauty. Get lost in a captivating paradise that will entice you with every turn.
Walk down memory lane by visiting historical sites, local garden, and old Spanish churches. Frolic in the wide beaches, go spelunking in isolated coves or feast your eyes in the wonders of the deep blue ocean. A mountaineer’s heaven, trek the rolling hills, mountain peaks, and ranges.
Places to Visit
Santa Monica Parish Church (Panay Church)
It is one of the oldest Christian churches in the Philippines and home to the largest bell in Asia. The bell measures 7 feet in diameter and 5 feet in height. It weighs 10,400 kilograms. The townsfolk donated 70 sacks of gold and silver to make the bell.
Check out the interior and wonder at the “relabios” filled carved wooden statues of the first Augustinian saints.
Take a dip in the nice and cool water and touch your feet with the grey sand. Birds and dragonflies soar over the beach with nice islands serving as a backdrop for an exotic scenery. The whole strip is teeming with bars and restaurants with a focus on scrumptious seafood.
Palina Greenbelt Ecopark
Enjoy a river cruise along the placid Palina River atop a floating restaurant. Feast on the freshest catch of the sea on a raft. Jump into the water for a refreshing dip or simply park yourself on the benches and enjoy the beautiful landscape unfurl before your eyes. Get a chance to see mangroves, lovely flora and fauna along the way.
Explore the wonders of the underworld. The entrance itself will attract your attention. Feel the surge of excitement and fear as you trek deeper. Get bewitched in the astonishing speleothems and limestone formation. Be ready to get wet up to your knees and the black sand which will make your exploration difficult.
Capiz is known as the “The Seafood Capital of the Phillipines,” over14,000 metric tons of seafood is supplied by the city. Fat-clawed crabs, large lapu-lapus, dainty scallops, and mighty squid are the most popular catch, still jumping and kicking while waiting for their turn to be bought. Fry them or mix them with condiments to make them “delicioso” or simply grill or eat them raw to savor the natural taste.
Don’t forget the city’s most famous seafood, diwal (angel wing clams) which are steamed with herbs to bring out the instinctive flavour that made it so well-known.
Leave some room for dessert, you won’t forgive yourself if you don’t dig into barquillos, pinasugbo, baye-baye, and suman.